The Bautzen German-Sorbian Peoples Theater, belonging to the Bautzen district administration, is the only professional bicultural theater in Germany.
Around 1000 events, 25 premieres, a large theater and a puppet theater repertoire, and entertaining theatrical performances await the audiences at the Deutsch-Sorbisches Peoples Theater Bautzen. It attracts more than 140,000 theatre-goers each year. With performances in German, Upper and Lower Sorbian, it is Germany’s only professional theater in which three languages can be heard on stage. The Sorbian productions are simultaneously translated into German by headphones.
In addition to its role as Bautzen’s City Theater, the Deutsch-Sorbische Peoples Theater also serves the Lausitz with regular performances at the theaters in Görlitz, Zittau and Kamenz, in the Lausitzhalle Hoyerswerda as well as smaller productions in the entire Lausitz up to the Spreewald. In Bautzen, the Deutsch-Sorbische Peoples Theater has two venues: the “big house” is the seat of the theater. Since 2003, the Burgtheater on the Ortenburg has been a stage for stage performances of the demanding and contemporary “small form”, the popular puppet theater and The Sorbian children’s and youth theater.
The highlight and finale of each season is the annual open-air theater summer in the courtyard of the historic Ortenburg Castle. This is a theater spectacle for the whole family in the open air.